BEd Primary Education - Physical Education (with QTS)A9P2

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • This new programme gives students the opportunity to experience a range of primary subjects as well as gaining the skills and expertise to lead and develop Physical Education in primary schools. At the end of the course you will be qualified to teach across both Key Stages 1 and 2 and have particular expertise and experience in teaching Physical Education. Integrated Qualified Teacher Status means you can launch your teaching career immediately after finishing your studies. Many of the modules will be shared with the Primary Education programme along with focused teaching from Physical Education specialists.

    The University works in close partnership with a large number of different types of schools and school-based activities and working with children in different contexts will form a key part of this exciting programme. This comprehensive course is carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach the National Curriculum core subjects along with Physical Education. Specialism modules from year 1 and a defined focus on teaching these subjects on all placements will enable you to build confidence and expertise from the start. There will also be a strong emphasis on supporting extra-curricular activities in schools to promote health, physical activity and well-being for all pupils.

    Along with these subject studies, you’ll develop a thorough grounding in all the major skills and issues of education including special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour management, setting high expectations and identifying pupil progress, planning and assessment, managing the teaching and learning of a classroom team, child development and learning through play.

    Throughout the course, students will take part in creative assignments to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of putting theory into practice. As a participant, you’ll receive ample opportunity to highlight your own qualities through making resources, partaking in discussion seminars, giving presentations, writing essays and completing practical Physical Education activities. 

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Foundations of Learning
  • Child Development & Early Learning
  • Professional Studies & First Teaching Practice
  • Professional Skills of the Teacher
  • Curriculum Studies: Core Subjects
  • Physical Education Specialism
2nd Year
  • Inclusion & Primary Education
  • Professional Studies: Developing as a Teacher
  • Curriculum Studies: Developing Core Subject Knowledge
  • Managing Medium-Term Teaching & Learning
  • Second Teaching Practice
  • Physical Education Specialism
  • Curriculum Studies: Deepening Core Subject Understanding
  • Enhanced Placement
3rd Year
  • Final Teaching Practice
  • Dissertation with Physical Education Focus
  • Physical Education Specialism
  • Professional Studies: Current Issues for the Teacher

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with the University ‘seal of approval’ being recognised by headteachers across the country. Ofsted (2104) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’. Many students undertake their teaching practices in London or abroad, therefore your qualification from The University of St Mark and St John will enable you to be a serious consideration for any first post.

Over 90% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad which is above national rate. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education. Some of our trainees have gone on to establish themselves as freelance specialist teachers in their field of expertise.

Course Leader

Course Leaders This course is led by Sally Eales, Anne Bradley, Clare Shaw and Dr Paul Foster. This enthusiastic and dynamic team brings decades of experience to the classroom, as well as thought-provoking research specialisms including teaching reading, developing children’s writing techniques, reflective practice and music composition.